Turf & Irrigation Blog

Tips for Good Turf Equipment Maintenance Record-keeping

As we discussed in our previous blog post about four reasons to perform routine maintenance on turf equipment, having a preventative maintenance program is an excellent way to prevent disruptions to your operation.  Part of a good preventative maintenance program is good record keeping, because if you don’t know what maintenance has already been done on a piece of equipment, you won’t know what needs to be done. Here’s some tips to improve the record keeping in your turf equipment maintenance shop. Keep manuals up to date Make sure you have the most up-to-date versions of all the manuals for
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Using the Toro Geolink System to Increase Spraying Efficiency

Chemical spraying is key to proper turf maintenance, but it is also very expensive.  It’s easy to be wasteful and use too much of a chemical spray even with the best and most efficient equipment.  Fortunately, Toro has found a revolutionary new way to use GPS technology to make spraying turf in parks and golf courses less expensive and more efficient.  The new technology is known as the Toro GeoLink system, and it can be used with any Toro Multi Pro 5800 system. How GeoLink Works The Toro GeoLink system uses multiple GPS satellites and a Real Time Kinematic or
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Toro Turf Equipment Diode and Battery Testing Procedure

When you encounter problems with the electrical system of your Toro turf equipment, the first step to fixing the problem is to determine what is causing it.  In our last blog post, we explained the alternator testing procedure for a Briggs and Stratton engine, which will allow you to determine if you have a bad alternator. Today, we’ll take a look at the diode and battery testing procedure for your electrical system—two other potential sources of problems. Safety First Whenever you are performing tests on a battery, be sure to follow all of the safety precautions recommended by the manufacturer.
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How to Perform an Alternator Test on a Briggs and Stratton Engine

If you’re experiencing problems with the electrical system on your Toro turf equipment, the problem may be a bad alternator or a bad battery.  These problems can include: Hearing a click or groan when starting the engine Battery is not charging or is draining too quickly Electronics on the equipment are not functioning properly You can quickly determine if the alternator and battery are functioning properly by performing simple tests.  The following describes two methods for performing an alternator test on a Briggs and Stratton engine.  For the battery testing procedure, see our blog post on battery testing. Note: Be
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How to Adjust Height of Cut and Quality of Cut on a Toro Reel Mower

When it comes to maintaining a golf course green, detail and accuracy matters. A difference of as little as .010 of an inch between one cutting unit and another on a Toro reel mower is visible as a mismatch on many golf courses.  In order to make sure that your turf is maintained to the highest standards, it’s important to properly adjust height of cut and quality of cut on your Toro reel mower. Bench Set Height of Cut vs Effective Height of Cut Before you begin the adjustment procedure, you must understand the difference between bench set height of
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Four Reasons to Perform Routine Maintenance on Turf Equipment

As a turf maintenance professional, you have a lot of responsibility. Whether you’re getting the field ready for the big game or making sure the course is up to par (pun intended), you depend on the performance of your turf equipment to get the job done. In order for that equipment to be reliable, it needs to be maintained properly, but setting up a maintenance program for your fleet is no easy task. Here’s four reasons why creating a program to perform routine maintenance on turf equipment is more than worth the effort required. Routine maintenance prevents breakdowns At the
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How to Calibrate a Toro Sprayer

In order to use your Toro sprayer most efficiently, it is important that it be properly calibrated.  Since many of our Toro turf equipment customers have questions about how to properly calibrate their sprayers, we thought we’d spend a little bit of time reviewing how to calibrate a Toro sprayer here on our blog.  Although the exact procedure will vary depending on the model of Toro sprayer that you have, the outline below should give you a good idea of how the process works. Preparation for Toro sprayer calibration Before you begin the calibration process or perform any other work
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MyRide Suspension on the popular Z Masters

Fully suspended operator platform delivers comfort and convenience. NEWS FROM TORO:  The Toro Company is excited to introduce the all-new MyRIDE™ suspension system available on select Toro® Z Master® zero-turn mowers. Built for maximum comfort, the innovative MyRIDE suspension system features a fully suspended operator platform that delivers 3.6″ of travel and isolates the operator from the rest of the machine. This design reduces impacts, bumps and vibrations for a more comfortable ride. The MyRIDE suspension system also features adjustable rear shocks, which allow each operator to choose his or her own personalized comfort setting. The system is quick and easy to adjust,
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Toro Pressroom … Your Link to Toro

Be sure you link to Toro Pressroom Stay on top of what is new and exciting to assist your crew and your business through the Toro Pressroom.  Here you will be able to see the important information as it becomes available to the industry directly from Toro.  Toro Pressroom Link Example of what they recently posted include such things as: Toro’s Revolutionary SmartPark™ Braking System Makes Mowing Easier or Toro Adds Two New Dealers to Extensive Underground Distribution Network Click on either of these articles to read more and know that you can check on our website at anytime to
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Spring Showers…and the flood of golfers!

The good, bad and the ugly… That’s what most of us start to think of when spring arrives and we are happy to know that the flood of golfers will be returning to the course.  With that comes the challenges of getting everything on the course in tip top shape and repairing what mother nature served up over the winter.  Here are just a few items we share with you to be sure you have what you need for all of those maintenance issues. TORO MVP KITS Regular maintenance helps you maximize uptime so you can keep up with your
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